This bell-metal tribal oil lamp, in the form of a peacock whose body comprises of a compartment for storing oil. On the back of the peacock there is a small nozzle in which a cotton wick is inserted so as to keep it soaked in oil.
Using the technique of cire perdue metal casting in which the outer surface of the core wax model is covered with multiple strands of wax wire, is used, with minor variations, all over the eastern Indian tribal complex comprising areas in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.


  • Title: Oil Lamp
  • Date Created: 1901/1930
  • Location: Orissa
  • Physical Dimensions: H 15.5 cm x W 9.5 cm x L 16 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Bell-Metal
  • Period: Early 20th Century

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